Fourth Amendment

Search and Seizures

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The Fourth Amendment covers the right for a person to be protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. The British utilized the writ of assistance, which allowed them to search without cause. Because of this the Framers wanted to be sure that the citizens of the US could be protect from such acts.

Please use the following link,  to answer the following questions.


1. Using the second half of the Fourth Amendment please define probable cause.

2. Using the first half of the Fourth Amendment, please list 4 different types of searches that do not need probable cause.

3. Using the second half of the Fourth Amendment, give the definition of warrant.

4. Give three examples of times when the police do not need a warrant and give a one sentence description of each instance.

5. Define the exclusionary rule.